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With the death of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, things have gotten terribly uncomfortable for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—and his worry has led to serious threats.

Gaddafi was the latest Middle East dictator to fall in the wave of the Arab Spring. Fighting against his own people helped to bring NATO forces in to support the revolutionaries. Assad, who has violently clamped down on his own nation, fears similar intervention in Syria.

In early October, the Syrian leader threatened to set fire to the Middle East by striking Israel, stating in a meeting with the foreign minister of Turkey, a NATO member, “If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need no more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv” (quoted in “Report: Assad Threatens to Attack Tel Aviv in Case of NATO Strike,” Ynet News, Oct. 4, 2011).

He further “stressed that Damascus will also call on Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch a fierce rocket and missile attack on Israel, one that Israeli intelligence could never imagine. ‘All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack US warships in the Persian Gulf as American and European interests will be targeted simultaneously,’ Assad reportedly said” (ibid.).

According to the intelligence and security news service DEBKA file: “Israel reacted with a warning of its own: If a single Syrian missile explodes in Tel Aviv, Damascus will be first to pay the price, and if the missile offensive persists, one Syrian town after another will be destroyed. The Israeli message to Assad cited the warnings Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other government members addressed in the past year to Hizballah, that if Tel Aviv comes under attack from its missiles, not only Beirut but all of Lebanon would go up in flames. Assad was given to understand that Syria would go the same way as Lebanon if it engaged in missile belligerence against Israel” (“Turkish Military Exercise on Syrian Border. Assad Threatens Tel Aviv if Attacked,” Oct. 4, 2011).

Some see the building tensions as leading up to the fulfillment of a prophecy in Isaiah 17:1 Isaiah 17:1The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
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: “Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1 Isaiah 17:1The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
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). The fulfillment of this prophecy is clearly yet future, as Damascus, while it has been overthrown in the past, has never ceased from being a city. (In fact, it’s reputedly the oldest continually inhabited city in the world.)

But the timing and cause of this destruction are not clear. While it could conceivably result from an Israeli retaliatory strike, there are reasons from other prophecies to place the destruction of Damascus in the same context as the judgment on others of Israel’s neighbors during the period of the Day of the Lord, just prior to Christ’s return.

In any case, a massive attack on Tel Aviv would certainly set the Middle East on fire—a fire that could well devastate Damascus and the rest of Syria.

For a broader overview of events to come in the region, send for or download our free booklet The Middle East in Bible Prophecy (Sources: Ynet News, DEBKAfile.)

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  • altiseven

    I must admit that reading this is tremendous…

  • LooneyTunes

    This is strange that the article does not mention a piece the UCG did many years ago about Syria citing a strange obscure Bible prophecy about Syria.

    This was done when they issued World News & Prophecy in print form.

  • LooneyTunes

    Funny, the UCG put out a curious article several years ago about Syria mentioned in a strange prophecy from the Bible in the OT and it is not mentioned in this article.

    Something about tha country being destroyed by a “strange” fire.

  • Ivan Veller

    “The possible detailed mention of the Bekaa Valley is startling, given its position today in Middle Eastern geopolitics. Specifically, the prophecy says, “I [God] will also break the gate bar of Damascus , and cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven” (verse 5)…

    Throughout this short prophecy is the repeated theme that God’s punishment is to send “fire” that will “devour.” Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary explains this as “flames of war (Ps 78:63),” and explains that it “occurs also in vss. 7, 10, 12, 14, and 2:2, 5” (note on verse 4). In addition, Amos 4:11 speaks of an actual conflagration, such as destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

    This “fire” is much more than one of the countless cross-border wars between Syria and Israel. After introducing fiery destruction in the prophecy, Amos later refers to this war as “it” in Amos 1:14 and Amos 2:2, 5. The Anchor Bible Commentary states: “All eight oracles refer to the same ‘it’, which will not be retracted or reversed. There was a single decree covering them all…declaring judgment on the entire region as a unit…This unity suggests one cosmic holocaust”.

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